Sidewalk Bends

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How to Keep a Smile

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A smile.Expect nothing of others, let alone oneself. Each person, each creature is an individual with their own needs and desires. What may seemingly be right for one may not be right for all, or even for ourselves in another moment in time.

Take each moment as it comes and treat every experience as a new one. Treat each interaction, whether it is with a stranger, someone you love or even with someone with whom you do not normally get along, as if it were the first interaction. Do not become a stranger but rather walk with an open mind and heart that you may always walk away with God’s or the universe’s best intentions realized.

Do not condemn before giving life and others a chance. Do not walk in blindness. Open the eyes of your soul that you may see the light of life in every being and in all that you do.


Pink Sky

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Blue and Pink Sky by Marie-Line Vasseur
Painting: Blue and Pink Sky by Marie-Line Vasseur

Don’t worry about the pink sky.
It’s just for today.

Don’t worry about the headache.
It’s just for today.

Don’t worry about the flat tire.
It’s just for today.

Don’t worry about the little things.
It’s just for today.

Enjoy the things that others dismay for it’s just for today.
Enjoy the moment and hide not from the pain.
It’s just for today.

It’s easy to want more,
to change this or that,
but don’t lose out.
It’s just for today.

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May 19, 2012 at 6:14 am

Easy to Compare

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Do not have pity on the dead for many have found peace beyond the veil we call life.
Do not have pity on the poor for many have found happiness outside of material wealth.
Do not have pity on the old for many have experienced a life we can only imagine.
Do not have pity on the young for they have a wisdom that has not yet been lost.
Do not have pity on your neighbor for he lives his life.

It is easy to compare our lives to others. It is easy to extend our wants and desires onto others. But can we allow others to be for the sake of being? Can we allow others to live for the sake of living? Can we allow others to love for the sake of loving? Our fears are our fears and we should not allow them to be another’s. Our desires are our desires and we should not allow them to be another’s. Life is difficult enough when we are trying to discover our own path, and it becomes that much more difficult when we try to forge a path for others.

So when we look on those we love, and even those we just meet, perhaps we can do others more good, by giving them the tools to forge their own path. Perhaps we can be better parents, better partners, better friends and better people by allowing others to find themselves, in their own time, and in their own way.

Do not have pity on others. Do not have pity on yourself. Instead, live this life. Live this moment for all that it is worth. Live it, not to please, or to appease. Live it to be you and do not have pity.

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April 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Looking for Oracles

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If you spend your time looking for oracles you will find them. If you spend your time looking for confirmation, you will find it. If you spend your time looking for pain and destruction, you will find those too. Look hard enough and you will find most anything. The question is, is what we seek merely a distraction? Is what we seek even good for us? Does knowing the reason behind something always matter? Finding explanations that match our preconceived notions of how the world should work or how others should behave doesn’t necessarily make for a better life.

We can search for the things we think will make us happy, but if it’s not really the truth, or if it distracts us from a greater love, or a greater happiness, what have we done? Have we wasted our time? Some will say “No,” because at least we will have traveled a path to tell us what not to do, but those paths can be infinite? Yes, those experiences give us perspective, but we must also ask ourselves, how far do we want to sink before we will put up our heads to breathe?

It’s not necessary to suffocate ourselves before we are ready to accept what life has to offer us, even if it’s not quite what we expected. Try to find peace, and we are met with road blocks. Try to find love, and we put conditions on how that love should be given and received. Try to help others, and we hold it against a person if they are not ready for the help.

Perhaps if we could just learn to appreciate what comes in life, we will be able to see all the blessings that have been bestowed on us. There won’t be that need to complain about the aching back, the weather that isn’t quite perfect enough, or the lack of sleep from a mind that endlessly worries about what to do next. We can either spend our time searching for oracles or we can enjoy life.

Beyond Reason

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Finding out the reason why someone behaves the way they do does not change the behavior. Finding out why a decision was made does not change the decision. Finding out why an event occurred does not change the consequences. In struggle and strife we often seek out answers, but the answers we find can sometimes do little to quench our desire for a given outcome.

We are not victims of chance or circumstance, but we can neither change the outcomes than we can the hearts of men and women. Satisfaction in understanding comes when we have let reason fall to the wayside and acceptance rise to the forefront. Holding grudges and animosity does more to weigh us down than it does to lift any burdens. Like lumps in our throat, it can be hard to swallow why a person does what they do. And perhaps it is not for us to entirely understand, for we each face our own trials.

In facing our own demons, perhaps we can allow others to face theirs. And though we may not see eye to eye, perhaps when we are ready to look up, we’ll have a better understanding of each other.

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August 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Silent Lashes

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When the world conspires, do not speak.
When the sun tries to belittle the moon, watch without judgment.
When the wind beats on the sand, do not jump to conclusions.
When the flowers wilt and the seasons change, do not look for someone to blame.
When whispers abound, enjoy the silent lashes.

Live in this moment and do not contemplate what you could change.
Live in this moment without the regrets of others.
Live in this moment without fear for repercussions.
Live in this moment and forget about the distractions.
Live in this moment for you have become you.

When the world conspires, give it a hand.